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ARIANE 62 IN-DEPTH

Ariane 6 was designed to be versatile, modular and competitive, leveraging:

  • State-of-the-art technologues and cutting-edge expertise from European industry
  • Production costs that are 40-50% lower than those for its Ariane 5 predecessor
  • Implementation of new industrial processes and innovative manufacturing technologies (3D printing, friction-stir welding, laser surface treatment, etc.)
Payload Adaptator Fitting (PAF)
Dual Launch Structure
Payload Fairing
Launch Vehicle Adapter (LVA)

Payload Adaptator Fitting (PAF)

Payload Adaptator Fitting (PAF)

Spain
Sweden

In upper position, above the dual launch structure, the spacecraft adapter is directly mounted on the dual launch structure upper interface (1,780 mm). In lower position under the dual launch structure, the spacecraft adapter is directly mounted on ULPM upper interface (1,780 mm).

Dual Launch Structure

Dual Launch Structure

France

The dual launch structure consists of a load bearing carbon structure, comprising a conical adapter fixed to the ULPM, a cylindrical shell enclosing the lower spacecraft and an upper truncated conical shell supporting the upper spacecraft. Three heights of Dual Launch Structure are available: 7.8 m, 8.8 m and 9.8 m.

Payload Fairing

Payload Fairing

Switzerland

The payload fairing, mounted on the nose of the launch vehicle, protects satellites on the launch pad and during the initial trajectory through the Earth’s atmosphere. The Ariane 6 fairing at 20-m high and with an externaldiameter of 5.4 m is particularly well-adapted to market developments. This enables Ariane 6 to launch all types of satellites now in service as well as new platforms.

Launch Vehicle Adapter (LVA)

Launch Vehicle Adapter (LVA)

Spain

Ariane 6 offers a range of standard off-the-shelf adapters and their associated equipment, compatible with most of the spacecraft platforms. These adapters belong to the family of the Arianespace adapters providing the same interface definition on the spacecraft side for all the launch vehicles.

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